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    My new garden is a picture of pink blooms in its first Spring.  Pink roses flower prolifically, countless pink field carnations, chorus-like, nod in the wind and a border of pink daisies form a splash of colour against the pittosporum hedge.   I pinch myself each morning that somehow 12 months after this plot of land […]

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    My springtime garden is a picture of blooming flowers and the sun shines warmly to welcome an idyllic day.   I can appreciate such beauty now, but six months ago to this day, another Friday,  my beloved husband, Olivier Foubert slipped quietly from this life losing his 16-month battle with advanced prostate cancer. His death plunged […]

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    How strange that this morning I awake with a song in my head which is a popular wedding hymn.  Its words “This is the day which the Lord Hath made’’ run through my mind and it strikes me that this day – November 11 – triggers a strong mix of emotions quite apart from the historical […]

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    In 40 years, the Australian film industry has grown up from infancy and  ”given us a voice on screen” by telling our own stories with Aussie actors portraying familiar characters says veteran actor Jack Thompson. He was in Adelaide to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the South Australian Film Corporation at a prestigious event “Jack Thompson […]

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    Pretty puppy pooch, Oscar. has had another dramatic event which had him screaming  for his life. My dear friend, Sheryl, dog-sits Oscar often because she has two doggies of her own – an old shi tsu terrier cross and a 14-month-old pomeronian – two months older than my little poodle/shi tsu cross. The two young […]

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    It is hard to determine who is the more fragile – my father Frank, who turned 94 a few weeks ago, or his new great-grand-daughter, Scarlett Rose Williams, who has been placed carefully into his frail arms.   He carries all the signs of a grand age -a face scrunched with wrinkles, balding grey hair and a body […]

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      Lyceum Club senior-vice-president, Marguerite Wark has won a special prize in the Writers’ Week competition and shares her delightful words with us. “Writers’ Week – my favourite week in the year – when authors give insight into their raison d’etre , friends gather in the gardens to listen and  discuss ideas put forward by  highly […]

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  • 12/07/12--18:35: Kookaburra’s special song
  • Remember the childhood song “Kookaburra sits on the Old Gum Tree…Merry, Merry King of the Bush is He….’’. The words flooded back this week when a kookaburra descended upon the gums surrounding the new garden and sat on a low-hanging dead branch. The interest in this snippet is that in the eight years I have […]

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  • 12/08/12--05:07: November a social whirl
  • November must surely nudge March as the best fun month in Adelaide.  Take my November social calendar as an example of a typical Adelaidean’s merry-go-round of fun. We didn’t  need to be in Melbourne to gather in our thousands in myriad venues, in my case in the luxurious Springfield home of a friend, where we […]

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    The recent Over 60s National Cricket Championships played in Adelaide last month revealed two  local champions – Des Fuss (left from Moonta and wicketkeeper Michael Willson formerly of Kangaroo Island,  (right) who were selected for the Over 70s National Cricket  2013 Team.  Both men have captained the South Australian Over 60`s teams in the National Championships […]

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    In a surprising update on France’s tax hike for the ultra-rich,  France’s highest court has thrown out the controversial plan to tax the wealthy at a rate of 75 per cent, saying it was unfair. In a further blow for the embattled French president, Francois Holland, the constitutional council found that the way the tax […]

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    One of the finer cultural moments of 2012 was a poetry event at my book club. We had been asked each to bring a piece of poetry to be read and discussed in some length. One of Australia’s outstanding poets is Dorothy Porter, who, unfortunately died in December four years ago.  A prolific poet, she […]

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    Oh what a gem  of news which proclaims that a few extra kilos are worth their weight in a bid for a longer life. It applies to men and women who are slightly plump and not the obese, who face a raft of health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes. US Government researchers […]

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    Hoorah for January,  the best month of the year. Only New Year heralds a respectable chance to wipe the slate clean and, armed with resolutions, to begin anew on this adventure called life. The best attraction of the first month, though, is that it shuts the door so effectively on all the downsides and disappointments […]

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    Is there anything as sweet and alluring to the eye than Christmas Day desserts?  Ours were a delicious trifle which was a treat for the eye as well as the taste buds and a home-made Christmas pudding with an aroma to capture the spirit of the season. Yet I cannot take credit for either and admit […]

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    It is a once-in-a-lifetime moment  at, arguably, Australia’s most controversial spot – the mouth of the mighty River Murray. Today, the mouth is open and a mere sliver of blue waters run from the river to the sea, but until recently, dredging machines 24 hours a day were needed to stop it silting over. We […]

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  • 01/17/13--04:11: Diversity in Aged Care
  • The Federal Government’s national ageing and aged care policies move beyond mainstream to diversity. The Federal Government has released its first national ageing and aged care strategy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people and for those from different ethnic backgrounds. Initiatives include sensitivity training for the aged care workforce and a review […]

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    So much for the idyllic Sunshine State! Brisbane seems to be drowning in a cyclonic drenching and 80km winds lash relentlessly around the Queenslander house built on stilts where my daughter lives, luckily high on a hill. However, the lower suburbs and restaurants along the banks of the Brisbane River are flooded and it is […]

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    Tom Hooper’s musical version of the Victor Hugo novel, Les Miserables,a classic tale of romance, morality and crushing poverty in revolutionary France, is spell-binding. This is due in no small measure to the astonishing performance of ex-convict Jean  Valjean by Aussie actor Hugh Jackman. Valjean, a credible thief, who does his hard time for 19 […]